Let’s learn how to play a fun folk song with this Go Tell Aunt Rhody ukulele tutorial, complete with chords, lyrics, strumming pattern and melody tab.
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GO TELL AUNT RHODY UKULELE TUTORIAL
Indeed, this Go Tell Aunt Rhody ukulele tutorial is easy with just three chords. And it’s even more fun because Jenny plays the song in two keys – C and F. In the key of C, you’ll need these ukulele chords: C, F and G7. While in the key of F, you’ll need F, Bb and C7. The strumming pattern is also an easy D-DU-D-DU replication (D-down, U-up). Finally, melody tab devotees won’t be disappointed because Jenny also does solo ukulele or chord melody.
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THEME SONG FOR A VIDEO GAME
Although Go Tell Aunt Rhody is a traditional folk song which has been around for centuries, the younger generation are quite familiar with it. Michael A. Levine, an American composer, created a sinister version of Go Tell Aunt Rhody as a theme song for a popular video game called Resident Evil 7: BioHazard. According to Levine, the video game developer company Capcom liked the idea of turning a familiar song from its known jolly version to something scary. But Capcom was interested in using a traditional song popular in many countries.
Historians traced the melody of Go Tell Aunt Rhody to a tune composed by philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau for a French opera in the mid-18th century. However, many believed that the melody may have earlier renditions where Rousseau referenced his tune. Subsequently, the tune traveled to England and other parts of Europe and eventually to the US and Japan.